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O Pays, mon beau peuple

Sembene’s second novel is a lyrical work. Through Oumar Faye’s tragic fight for land and freedom for his people, the author explores the issues of race relations, racial intolerance, and mixed marriage in a colonial in a colonial setting. Sembene focuses on the odyssey of a young Senegalese man who returns from France to the Casamance in southern Senegal with a white wife and the dream to liberate his countrymen and women from colonial exploitation. Oumar’s death at the end of this novel points to the tragedy lived daily by colonized people under French rule.

Critical Works

Ugochukwu, Françoise. “Deux françaises en Afrique à l’époque coloniale: Etude comparée de Sembene Ousmane et de Guy des Cars.” (O Pays mon beau peuple). Peuples Noirs-Peuples Africaines 1986: 78-101.

Aij, S.O. “Le Mot 'peuple': Designant social ou instrument politique.” Interdisciplinary Dimensions of African Literature. Washington, DC: Three Continents; 1985.